Enoshima [江の島] is a small island, located in Sagami Bay, Kanagawa Prefecture. The island is famous for its beaches, museums, caernas, cats and the beautiful views of mount fuji. It is known for its large bridge and for being the island of love locks.
Most of Enoshima is only accessible on foot or by boat. The island is connected to Japan by a bridge of approximately 600 meters. Many of the island's attractions are at the top of a hill, but there are escalators for you to climb up the hill.
Hill and Bell of Love
At the top of the hill there is a Tropical Botanical Garden and the Enoshima Observation Lighthouse. At the top of the hill we have a telephone tower 60 meters high that functioned as a lighthouse.
The botanical garden on the hill is called Samuel Cocking Garden, it gets its name because a British trader of the same name arrived in Japan in 1860 and married a Japanese woman and bought the island.
Padlocks of Love and Goddess Benzaiten
There is also the so-called Sino do Amor, where couples go there, ring the bell together and leave a padlock with their names attached to a fence. The island is known for the goddess of love Benzaiten where there are 3 sanctuaries dedicated to her.
The goddess Benzaiten created the island to imprison a sea dragon, but she ends up falling in love. Therefore, she is associated with the goddess of love and also of music. In addition to the padlock they also put emu signs.
Padlocks usually have the couple's name and date of relationship. The purpose of the lock is to lock love and make it last for a long time. Very popular place for couples who want to show their commitment and eternal love.
Beaches and Coast
Enoshima's beaches are part of the Shonan, a collection of great attractive beaches near Yokohama. The beach in addition to attracting surfers because of the beautiful waves, attracts many Windsurf and Kitesurf because it has a strong wind.
The south coast of Enoshima is rugged terrain, with steep cliffs that are continually bombarded by large waves. Locals enjoy fishing for fish and crabs that are trapped in tidal pools on the rocks.
The island of Enoshima also has a aquarium designed to reflect sea life in Sagami Bay. Popular animals are dolphins, penguins, and seals.
The island also has a large spa resort called Enospa. It is full of pools, jacuzzi, onsen, and even mixed bath. Some of the baths have a beautiful view of Mount Fuji. Another bath is inside an artificial cave.
Like any Spa, you will find restaurants, shops, and services. The spa has a medicinal focus and has many doctors, nurses and massage therapists. One of the pools overlooks the sea, entry to the onsen as usual costs around 3000 yen.
The island also has 2 natural caves on the south coast of the island, created by erosion caused by the sea more than 6,000 years ago. They are designed to be comfortable for visits between couples and tourists.
The caves are popular because they are characterized with the myth that the Goddess Benzaiten battled and trapped a troubled sea dragon in the depths of the island's caves. The island is very steep, but it is possible to do all walks on foot.
Enoshima is an Island of Cats
Cats started to dominate Enoshima around 1980 and it is not known how. As expected, they have become a major tourist attraction and are loved by residents and visitors. On the island it is possible to donate money for food and contraceptive surgeries.
Most cats are not afraid of people because tourists and fishermen who like cats feed them. Cat lovers often visit them because cats are found all over the island. Ready to visit this Nekojima?
There are many other attractions to visit both on the island of Enoshima and in the bay of Sagami. This is just one of the thousands of islands and cities spread across Japan. We recommend reading our article that talks about several islands in Japan.
Finally, I leave some videos for you to see some of the island's beauties and attractions.